Monday, January 26, 2015

IsaDora Nude Essentials palette, photos, makeup look, review

Last week I told you all about the Twist-Up Matt Lips from IsaDora and I'm starting off the blogging this week with IsaDora's Nude Essentials palette.  This little palette (€17.50) properly knocked me upside the head when I used it and to be honest, I didn't think it was going to bowl me over as much as it did!  Lesson learned - don't judge an eyeshadow palette without actually trying it out first!

Inside the Nude Essentials palette are six shadows, varying in shade from light to dark as you can very well see yourself here.  It has a mix of shimmers and mattes and can be applied as a wash of colour or packed on.   When applying the swatches to my arm, I knew we were on to something good because there wasn't much fall out and they felt silky and soft.  I couldn't wait to get playing with them on my eyeballs.

Because I'm incapable of doing a soft and gentle look when playing with makeup, I went for the full blown soft yet powerful brown smokey eye.  I can't even cope with how much I love this look and I wore it in my most recent video where I talked a little about it too.

In this look I have the darkest shade on my eyelid, the second darkest shade in the crease, the lightest shade on the brow bone and one of the two middle shades in the inner corner - I can't remember which one!  To deepen the look a bit more for filming, I used a brown liner on the waterline and smudged a black eyeliner along the outer half of the upper lash line and patted more of the darkest shadow on top to soften it.  

The two darkest broke shades blended like an absolute dream and I was able to pack on the colour too using a flat eyeshadow brush.  There wasn't a smidge of fall out for me and I did this look in about five minutes.  It would've taken shorter but I kept admiring my eyes and kept applying more and more makeup.  The struggle is real.

A look like this is definitely one I'd wear with a nude lip like above, or with a stronger lip like this one which is Rio Red, one of IsaDora's lip crayons that will be getting it's own post, so stay tuned for that.

Like last week, I sat in my pyjamas with this full face of makeup because I loved it too much to take off and I've already planned to wear it to a few events coming up.  It required minimal effort (my favourite kind of effort) and I feel like it's something Keira Knightley would have on her eyes.  I wore it for a good six hours before having to take it off because it was bed time and there was no creasing at all, but I'll try them on a full work day and update this post.

I think this is going to become one of my staple palettes because it's one that can be used for a light, work appropriate make up look and can be used for something more dramatic like this look.  It's a small, lightweight palette and has a little mirror in the lid which is handy, so I'll be adding this to my makeup bag for days where I'm heading out after work and am going from desk to disco.  Ok, I don't go to discos, but I like alliteration and couldn't think of anything else to get my point across.  Desk to dinner?  Anyways, this is definitely one to check out lads and I think the photos speak for themselves!

The Nude Essentials palette should be on stands soon if it isn't already.  Would you be interested in seeing a tutorial using it along with some of the other IsaDora products I've been testing out recently?


  1. That look is AMAZING on you with the red lip - totally Keira Knightley!

    1. Ah thanks E, I'll never have her cheekbones or pout, but I'll try my best to copy her eyes!

  2. Definitely need a tutorial, this is fab!

  3. Beautiful - I do love me a neutral palette!

  4. This look is gorgeous!
    Emma xo |

  5. Just received this in the post and I can't wait to start playing with it! A girl can never have too many neutral eye shadows ;) x

  6. You look stunning, love the eye makeup, but the palette is not giving me the want (thank the sweet baby jeebus).


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